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A La Carte (May 28)

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books so far.

Eating Out With Your Kids When Hell is Real

“Recently, the New York Times ran a piece on a famous pastor’s son who is now a vocal ex-vangelical and a rising Tiktok star. Many have commented on the story and it’s not my intention here to weigh in on this tragic situation. God is sovereign and I pray that this man will one day have his eyes truly opened, and not remain in the sad ranks of those who achieved fame by publicly maligning the faith their fathers preached. But there was one comment of his quoted in the article that I have been chewing on.”

An Awesome Display

“In southern Indiana right now we are witnessing one of the greatest biological events known to humans. Trillions of periodic cicadas are coming to the surface and crawling out of their subterranean homes where they have been living for 17 years. Brood X is the largest group of 17-year periodic cicadas and they can emerge at a density as high as 1.4 million per acre of land.” And, in their own way, these little critters are proclaiming the glory of God.

Get $5 Off RMC21 With Promo Code “CHALLIES”

Mark Dever and John Piper will be guest speakers at the Radius Missiology Conference this year. Breakout panels on Bible Translation, the Family in Missions, Biblically Faithful Contextualization, and more. Get $5 off the in-person tickets with code CHALLIES. (Sponsored Link)

Wheaton’s New Jim Elliot Plaque Does More Than Remove ‘Savage’

You probably heard that Wheaton College decided to rewrite a plaque that referred to the Waorani as “savage indians.” CT reports on what they replaced it with. In my view, they did really well with it.

Why Did So Many Victorians Try to Speak with the Dead?

I found this a fascinating look at why so many people in the Victorian era tried to speak with the dead.

Why Our Church Will Unplug from Streaming

TGC has a pair of articles dealing with live-streaming after the pandemic. One article defends unplugging the livestream while the other defends keeping it going.

Embarrassed By the Gospel

Carl Trueman: “One of the most striking features of the contemporary Christian scene is embarrassment. Many of the leading traditional institutions of the faith seem embarrassed by the gospel.”

Flashback: Timeless Cautions For Your Day-to-Day Work

You may be tempted to waste your days wishing that your life was better, but you need to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and his calling upon you to succeed and excel right where you are.

Want to be like Jesus? Focus less on being like him and more on being with him. His attributes must be caught before they can be imitated.

—Scott Sauls

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.